Probability in Sports
Easier Examples
Sports, especially baseball and basketball, are full of situations where players and managers weigh the probabilities before making a decision. Here are some examples:
1. In the 201213 basketball season Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks made 83% of all of his free throws. What is the probability that he will make two free throws in a row at the end of a game?
2. Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers shot 49% from the free throw line during the 201213 season. What is the probability the he will make two free throws in a row? (Shaquille O'Neal playing for Miami in 200607 shot 42% on free throws, hence the "Hack a Shaq" strategy.)
3. If both of Anthony and Howard have 200 chances, say, during the season to shoot two free throws at a time, how many more times would you expect Anthony to make both shots as compared to Howard?
1. In the 201213 basketball season Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks made 83% of all of his free throws. What is the probability that he will make two free throws in a row at the end of a game?
2. Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers shot 49% from the free throw line during the 201213 season. What is the probability the he will make two free throws in a row? (Shaquille O'Neal playing for Miami in 200607 shot 42% on free throws, hence the "Hack a Shaq" strategy.)
3. If both of Anthony and Howard have 200 chances, say, during the season to shoot two free throws at a time, how many more times would you expect Anthony to make both shots as compared to Howard?
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